January 10, 2022

do you play guitar with tension

Take The Tension Test!

How much tension are you (really) playing with?

Practicing guitar while holding tension in any part of the body will prevent your fingers from learning the movements you are trying to teach them. Unfortunately, virtually ALL guitar students are doing this very thing!

Have you noticed? All great players look very relaxed when they play. And, their music sounds free and flowing. 

The worst thing is not knowing about your tension! So, take this quick little test to see how much tension you are holding in your shoulders, legs, or belly while you try to get your fingers into position on the guitar. You know what they say..."Knowing you have a problem is the first step in solving it!"

This is worth your time, because until you get body tension under control, you will not be able to control your fingers.

I took a few group lessons. I started feeling that I was attempting to play way beyond my ability. The number of complicated techniques boggled my mind and frustrated my fingers. My right shoulder kept aching so much that I would have to stop playing and rub it.

The Principles explained many things about playing guitar that I had not noticed or knew to be on the lookout for. I have looked at many guitar instruction books, and this is the only one that really addresses where to be within your body in order to become a musician.

That rushing, frenzied, frustrated feeling in practice is gone now. Also, I was in pain before and I am not anymore. The "Principles" have helped me redefine and rediscover success in my playing and practicing."

Guitar Student finds success

Andy Guss


Guitar Success Secret #1: When you start to become aware of the tension you are playing with, and learn special methods for reducing and eliminating it, you will begin to see your playing improve dramatically.

The next step to Guitar Success is learning and using special methods for reducing and eliminating excess tension when practicing and playing guitar. These methods are taught in "The Principles of Correct Practice For Guitar". 

About the author 

Jamie Andreas

Jamie Andreas has one goal: to make sure that everyone who wants to learn guitar is successful. After her first 25 years of teaching, she wrote the world acclaimed method for guitar "The Principles of Correct Practice For Guitar". She put everything into this method that was essential for success on guitar. Called "The Holy Grail" of guitar books, the Principles has enabled thousands of students who tried and failed to play guitar for years or even decades, to become real guitar players. In 2012 Jamie was profiled in "Guitar Zero" (Penguin Press 2012), a study of how adults learn to play guitar. Jamie was interviewed along with some of the worlds leading guitarist/teachers, including jazz legend Pat Martino and Tom Morello ("Rage Against The Machine").

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guitar success series by jamie andreas


My "Guitar Success Series" will teach you the most important things I teach all my students. 

If these things are wrong, all you will get is frustration from guitar practice!